PH Dragon Boat Federation Elite Team cops multiple awards at Hong Kong International Races 2024

The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) Elite Team once again made waves on the international stage, bringing home multiple awards at the 2024 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Race.

Organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and the Hong Kong, China Dragon Boat Association (HKCDBA), this year’s event drew over 4,000 athletes from 170 teams across 12 countries, including the Philippines. Last June 17, the East Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront came alive with fierce competition as PDBF went head-to-head with other racing powerhouses from Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and many others.

The Philippine team successfully gained a podium finish, taking home a gold medal in the International Open competition, alongside two bronze medals in both the International Women’s Championship and the International Women’s Grand Championship.

Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) Elite Team
Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) Elite Team

“We had less than a month to prepare, with a diverse team where the majority are from the Navy. Despite conflicting schedules, we made sure to train six times a week, dedicating one to two hours to both land and boat training.” Cristobal also expressed gratitude for the warm hospitality in Hong Kong, sharing that everyone they met has been incredibly friendly,” PDBF’s Team Manager Marcia Cristobal stated.

The Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races is just one of the exciting events Hong Kong has prepared for visitors to experience this summer season. To enhance the festivities, HKTB staged a drone show on the Wan Chai harbourfront, providing tourists with a lively festival atmosphere.

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